Profile: Keely E. Duke

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Keely E. Duke

Member Attorney

1087 W River Street, Suite 300
Boise, ID 83702
Main: 208-342-3310
Fax: 208-342-3299

Keely Duke: Experienced, dedicated Idaho trial attorney

Keely Duke is one of Idaho’s elite trial lawyers and has dedicated her career in the law to defending companies, employers, and individuals in complex business litigation and in medical malpractice, legal malpractice, employment, insurance bad faith, and product liability/medical device litigation.

Ms. Duke has participated in a number of appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also served as an arbitrator in a wrongful death case.

Ms. Duke holds an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell and since 2009 has been selected by her peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America in two categories, Medical Malpractice Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. She has also been included in “Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” and is praised in that publication for her “sheer hard work, great organization, diligence and determination to fight tooth and nail for her clients.”

She is a founder of Duke Scanlan & Hall.

Awards and Honors

  • AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell Judicial and Attorney Editions
  • Best Lawyer of the year, medical malpractice (Boise, 2014-2015)
  • Named Lawyer of the year for Boise medical malpractice defense (2014-2015)
  • Idaho Business Review “Women of the Year” Honoree (2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, medical malpractice and personal injury (2009 to present)
  • Chambers USA – Named as a leading lawyer in commercial litigation (2009 to present)
  • Named in Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals (2009 to present)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2008 to present)
  • 2008 TWIN Honoree – Awarded to women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to industry in executive, managerial and professional roles
  • Form Editor, Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution (1999)
  • Order of the Barristers (1999)
  • Lawyer of the Year –  Idaho, Medical Malpractice Defense by Best Lawyers in America (2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Defense and Personal Injury Defense (2019)
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in the Mountain West States by Super Lawyers (2019)
  • Top 100 Attorneys in the Mountain West States by Super Lawyers (2019)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • President, Federal Bar Association – Idaho Chapter (March 2011 to present)
  • Idaho Supreme Court Civil Rules Advisory Committee (2009 to present)
  • Board of Directors, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel (2011 to present)
  • Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho (2004 to 2015)
  • Board of Directors, Federal Defender Services of Idaho (2008 to present)
  • Defense Research Institute (2004 to present)
  • Instructor at University of Idaho School of Law’s Trial Advocate Program (2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Instructor at Federal Court Trial Skills program (2009, 2011)
  • Adjunct Professor at Boise State University in Business Law (2001 to 2004)


  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Limitations on a Health Care Provider’s Right to Indemnification When it is Targeted Under the False Claims Act as a Result of the Fraudulent Activities of a Third Party with Which it Contracts or Associates, The Federal Lawyer, February 2009
  • 50-State Survey on Legal Malpractice (Idaho), American Bar Association (2009 to present)
  • FMLA Changes Now In Effect, Idaho Employment Law Letter, February 2009


  • Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon (1999), J.D.
  • Carroll College in Helena, Montana (1996), B.A. (Business Administration and Political Science)

Court and Bar Admissions

  • All Idaho state courts
  • Idaho Court of Appeals
  • Idaho Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Idaho
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Idaho State Bar Association (1999 – present)
  • American Bar Association (1999 – present)
  • Oregon State Bar
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